Don’t watch the news if you are looking for hope.
Shootings, street protests, name calling, accusations, economic meltdowns, dishonest people in leadership, children being hurt, and a world in disarray. We can’t just ignore the news but we can look beyond the reports. The newscasters often end their reports like they just said everything that needs to be said. But if that is the final word, if that sums it all up, then there is little reason to be hopeful.
One of the qualities of a follower of Christ is hope, even in what seems to be hopeless situations. Christmas is a time for us to anticipate the coming of God’s Son. He came not just to bring a sentimental hopefulness… a wishing for something better. Jesus came to bring hope for the living of these days and a certainty for all who call on him for eternal life.
Life as we know it is not the whole story. There is more…more to what is around us and more ahead of us. If all we have is what we can hold in our hands, what we have control over…then we are living very dangerous and fragile lives.
When we are troubled and discouraged by the nightly TV “Breaking News” reports, and see no positive outcomes, maybe then we will look to the coming of Jesus as an alternative, a glimpse of hope that is beyond us, but not beyond God. Jesus is the baby in the manger, but he is eternally more than that – he is the ultimate source of hope both now and for eternity.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”